Training teachers

09.11.12

Traditionally in the Republic of Moldova, children with special educational needs were marginalised. To reform the residential child care system the education system had to be modernised too. In 2010, the Moldovan Government launched its Development and Promotion of Inclusive Education project, which seeks to integrate children with special educational or physical needs into mainstream schooling. The first steps for the Lumos team piloting this project are to ensure children with special educational needs are admitted into mainstream schools and then to device an Individual Educational Plan for each integrated child, which supports and assists the school inclusion process.

Support services have to be put in place, such as inclusive education resource centres and school counsellors. Since the Project began, more than 170 children with special educational needs have left the residential system and been included in mainstream education. At a community level, management and teaching staff are now involved in promoting a change in attitude towards inclusion of children with special educational needs. From September 2012, all teacher-training students at University take a compulsory course in inclusive education, developed by Lumos.  This means all future teachers will understand special educational need and the principles behind inclusion.  Inclusive education will become the norm, rather than the exception.

From September 2012, all teacher-training students at University take a compulsory course in inclusive education, developed by Lumos. This means all future teachers will understand special educational need and the principles behind inclusion. Inclusive education will become the norm, rather than the exception.

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